This is a question i see and hear loads on the cycling forums that i frequent and to people who interested in cycling that i talk to.
Well over the last few weeks i have mainly been using the 22″ or 56cm Hardisty for my leisure rides
And my commuting has been done on my Soens which is also a 56cm sized frame
And then last week i was doing test miles on the 54CM Swinnerton
Well this morning i got up nice and early and bashed out 16 miles on my 60cm sized Ian May
And the strange think about all these bikes i felt comfortable enough to ride up to an hour without any problems .
So at 5ft 10″ and a 31″ inside leg what size bike should i ride
It will be 14 years ago tomorrow that my daughter was born
i can still remember the moment the nurse passed me a little bundle and said say hello to your daughter
i can still remember a lot of other things that have happened between then and now
i can still remember the people who have helped me through those 14 years and to them i say a big thank you
i can still remember the people who have made some of those 14 years very hard and continue to even know
but hey i have a daughter who means the world to me and hopefully she nows that
happy birthday darling
So is a bike new only when you ride it away from the cycle shop for the first time or is as mostly in my case , its when i open the box a bike i have purchased has arrived in ?
I can remember saying to somebody at work a while back i had a ” new” bike later that same day he saw me walk out the building pushing it , and he said to me that doesnt look new to me more like second hand !
Well late last week i had a “new” bike arrive just about in a box . Its multi coloured and is from the 80’s , a Swinnerton with 531 main tubes paintwork is scruffy and has some rust patches . wheels are ex raleigh sprint black alloy rims and hubs good michelin treaded tyres , wheels bearing were done when i got the wheels and since then as part of rebuild i have just done headset brgs and all the cables again . it has a standover hieght of 31″ and the frame is 20 3/4″ from centre of crank to centre of pinch bolt and 21 1/2 ” along the top tube and has a 120mm stem with 170mm cranks 12 gears .
Whilst out for a quick stroll this morning i took these 3 pictures one after the other just changing from Full colour to black & white and then finally sepia .
What a difference
Ok i am sure we all have a bike that we would refer to as our Sunday best bike .
For me it would be a tough choice between my Red Ian May and my Hardisty , i am not saying all my other bikes are not liked or loved they just dont qualify for the Sunday best status .
What is your Sunday best ?
i wonder how many others remember Toyotas first UK built Carina’s arriving in the showrooms .
Toyota had bullet proof reliability and they introduced the British Built Carina and all of a sudden we had cars being made in the uk and eventually being exported back to Japan .
Its a strange old world
I own 2 Ian May badged bikes , both are far from normal in many respects .
The first and main difference is the shape and profile of all the main tubing , it almost looks if somebody has taken normal round tubes and just gently squeezed them in a vice , but i am sure it wasnt that easy .
Then another difference between Ian May bikes and most of the others i have owned , is the shear lack of information there is about Ian May , yes we know he ran his own business in the 80’s , but very little else is .
We are unsure who made the frames his name is attached to , the 2 i have look very similar to a couple of Simoncini’s i have seen photos of , and Emanuel Ferretti of Simoncini and Revanche also thinks they could have been made by them but cant be certain .
What ever they are 2 very nice bikes to ride and own